Arromanches-les-Bains Travel Blog

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Arromanches-les-Bains is a commune of the Calvados département, in the Basse-Normandie région. Arromanches-les-Bains is situated approximately 25 km (16 mi) northwest of Caen. Neighbouring towns include Port-en-Bessin and Courseulles-sur-Mer.

The town lies along the stretch of coastline designated as Gold Beach during the D-Day landings, one of the beaches used by British troops in the Allied invasion. Arromanches was selected as one of the sites for two Mulberry Harbours built on the Normandy coast, the other one built further West at Omaha Beach. Sections of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches still remain today with huge concrete blocks sitting on the sand, and more can be seen further out at sea.

Today Arromanches is mainly a tourist town. Situated in a good location for visiting all of the battle sites and War Cemeteries, there is also a museum at Arromanches with information about Operation Overlord and in particular, the Mulberry harbours.

What you really must see is the film in The Arromanches 360 Circular Theater. The SAEM Arromanches 360, created upon the initiative of Lower Normandy Regional Council for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Landing, presents an exceptional film projected on 9 screens in a circular cinema: "The Price of Freedom" which is an Arromanches 360 exclusivity. An exclusive procedure is employed to obtain the 360° projection : the Circorama, conceived by Patrick Besenval and the Futuroscope productions. Today, Arromanches 360 is the only one in France.

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